Oppn cries foul over reservations

Oppn cries foul over reservations
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If Warangal Corporation has been without a civic body for over a full term - five years, the Khammam city is yet to see its first body since the municipality was upgraded into corporation in 2012. 

If Warangal Corporation has been without a civic body for over a full term - five years, the Khammam city is yet to see its first body since the municipality was upgraded into corporation in 2012.

Warangal/ Khammam: Amid speculation that notification for the elections of Greater Warangal Municipal Corporation (GWMC) and Khammam Municipal Corporation (KMC) will be issued on Tuesday, the State government on Monday announced division-wise reservation for both the Corporations.

If Warangal Corporation is without a civic body for over a full term - five years, the Khammam city is yet to see its first body since the municipality was upgraded into Corporation in 2012. Both the corporations have faced legal tangles before the Municipal Administration announced reservations division-wise on Monday. In both the Municipal Corporations, half of the seats have been reserved for women. There are 58 divisions in GWMC and 50 in KMC.

Speaking to The Hans India, former Mayor and senior BJP leader T Rajeshwar Rao said: “Despite Opposition parties’ objections over the allotment of division-wise reservations, the government went ahead with its decision.” The Municipal Administration director and the secretary who assured to look into the objections raised by the Opposition party leaders didn’t make any changes, Rao said, accusing the government of taking undue advantage in finalising the reservations.

Telugu Desam Warangal district unit president Gandra Satyanarayana said: “It appears like that the reservations of the divisions are only made to suit the interests of the ruling TRS. Though we raised objections, the government stuck to its decision.”
CPI Khammam district secretary Bagam Hemanth Rao said: “The TRS government was pursuing opportunistic politics to derive electoral mileage.”

Meanwhile, a petition was filed in the High Court on Wednesday challenging the decision of the Telangana government to approve the delimitation of Warangal municipal divisions into 58. The petitioners contended that delimitation of corporation into 58 wards was in violation of the provisions of the GHMC Act, 1955 and the AP Municipal Corporations (Delimitation of Wards) Rules, 1996.

Adepu Mahender

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